My friend Jane invited me to explore Black Friday at the Shops of Highland Village and I went along for the ride. Local media was consistently bringing up news about Black Friday and the local advertising was intensely aggressive.
Jane picked me up before 7 a.m. and my local community looked like a ghost town at that hour of the day. Shops were still closed and the only thing opened was Star Bucks. Yes! There were a few people sitting at their tables with their lap tops, sipping their usual beverages. Jane and I ordered the festive ones posted on the daily board! That got the sales girl singing and I chimed in... Nobody at the tables paid attention to us.
We went on to Jane's favorite store that was SUPPOSE to open at 7 A.M. It was closed but the clerk inside did not acknowledge our presence outside the glass window door. She looked like a manikin folding clothes...
Home Goods was open. Aisles were clear to roam without elbows, knees or toes of strangers. Hmmm. Where are all the people? I bought a pillow for my granddaughter. I had to wait for the Cashier to get a price on the pillow. I asked him, "Where are all the people?" He said, you're my first shopper. As the other shops began to open, sleepy eyed shoppers shopped.
It wasn't until nearly noon that we spotted a large crowd of people. They were at the Movie Theater. We decided to see THE BOOK THIEF - an excellent movie, by the way. It's not your typical Holiday movie, but it was impactful. The story was about a young girl named Liesel whose family life was broken during WWII and she came to live with a family in Germany.
In my opinion, THE BOOK THIEF was one of the greatest stories ever told in my lifetime about courage, fitting into society when all the odds are against you, government and what they can do to the people and their country, and most of all survival, love, and learning to know the right people who can be trusted.
In sum, the movie THE BOOK THIEF reminded me of how lucky we can be with the right mindset and attitude about the life we are given. It also prompted me to wonder, should secrets be kept secret? For me, it was the PERFECT movie to reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving.
©Patricia Feager 11/30/2013